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The Bioarchaeology of Individuals$
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Ann L. W. Stodder and Ann M. Palkovich

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813038070

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813038070.001.0001

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Skilled Village Craftsman of Ban Chiang, Thailand

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The Bioarchaeology of Individuals

Ann L. W. Stodder

Ann M. Palkovich

University Press of Florida

This chapter presents the osteobiography of a middle-aged man from Ban Chiang, Thailand (1700-900 B.C.). Carbon and nitrogen isotope analysis from bone apatite and oxygen, carbon and strontium isotopes from tooth dentin, and archaeological context of the interment were used to reconstruct the life history of this individual. Dubbed “Vulcan” during excavations, this was a robust man, who died, possibly of a pulmonary infection, after a relatively long life of physical activity, including crafting metal or wood and hunting.

Keywords:   Osteobiography, Ban Chiang, Isotope analysis, Craftsman, Bronze Age

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